Election Wrap-Up: President-Elect Donald Trump

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Luka Markovic and Eleni Vasiliades: Grade 8

Now that Republican businessman Donald Trump has won a very close election, all Americans should support him as our new president. The campaigns and Election Day itself all featured many ups and down along the way. This is not what our founding fathers would have wanted it to be like. America is supposed to be a nation of growth and acceptance. This election became a “he said, she said” election. We both stand with Donald Trump, not because of what he has said and done, but because of his policies. If we would have elected Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as president, no one would know what would have come.

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Lizards or Dragons? The Magical Power Of Fiction

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Jack Davis: Grade 8

As readers, we have to make a choice everyday: what books to read, when to read them, where to read them, and with whom to share them. Another choice that we have to make is whether we read fiction or nonfiction. We are all human beings with different literary taste buds. Some may prefer the surreal symphonies of character development and adventure, while some may lean toward illuminating information and facts. Nonfiction versus fiction. The real against the unreal. Fact versus imagination. We have a pretty big choice to make everyday, don’t we readers?

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Review: The Les Paul Standard Guitar And The Marshall DSL 40 Amplifier

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Source: The Buckley Bark

Kevin Ross: Grade 8

The Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar was an original model that began in 1902. The guitar is iconic because of its pickup change. The pickups are the microphones that “pick up” the sound that the vibration of the strings makes. Each microphone has different effects. The treble effect is crisper and louder. The rhythm effect is lower and quieter.

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Book Review: Escaping Peril

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Source: Scholastic Press

Jack Davis: Grade 8

Just a few months ago, Tui T. Sutherland came out with the eighth book in her best-selling Wings of Fire series. Her eighth book is titled Escaping Peril. It was a truly enticing read, but before I explain why, you should know what this series is all about. The Wings of Fire book series is divided into two parts (one of which is still incomplete), but they have many things in common. The main idea is that all of the characters are dragons who talk and live in different tribes. There are humans in this series, but they are called “scavengers” and are shown as pets or food. Before I praise this book on its plot and characters, a little background knowledge is needed.

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Hamilton’s Historically Accurate Thriller

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Source: Hamilton Broadway

Kevin Ross: Grade 8

What is Hamilton? It is a musical based off of the famous politician, Alexander Hamilton. There is more to his life than getting shot by Aaron Burr. The musical shows how Hamilton got into a feud with Burr and how their anger toward each other slowly built up. At first glance, they seemed like people who had the same beliefs, but it turned out that Burr took things too slowly. Hamilton never stopped working. In fact, Hamilton asked Burr to help him write some essays known as The Federalist Papers to help him defend the new U.S. Constitution, but Burr turned him down. Hamilton instead joined up with John Jay and James Madison. They originally were supposed to write 25 essays, but instead ended up writing 85, with John Jay writing 5, James Madison writing 29, and Hamilton writing the final 51.

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A Romantic Tragedy

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Jack Davis: Grade 8

Bonjour mes amis! That is French for “Hello my friends!” French is such a beautiful language. It simply rolls off the tongue, like cool lemonade down the lip of a pitcher on a warm summer day. Now, Buckley is phasing out this sweet and tangy language to make way for Mandarin, another savory language. Why can’t Buckley have all three languages? Why can’t Buckley have three unique colors to compose its linguistic pallet of learning? Each language is great by itself, but multiple languages can have an impact on everybody!

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